New Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel will be offered a contract extension after 18 months if he delivers on a series of pre-arranged performance targets.
The Daily Mail report that Tuchel has agreed that his stay in west London will only be extended if he can get Chelsea to where they Roman Abramovich wants them to be.
Tuchel’s contract is heavily incentivised and contains a clause that will trigger an option for him to stay if he keeps Chelsea in the Champions League for the next two seasons.
That means the German has a target of getting the Blues into the top four this term. And then maintaining that in 2021/22 or guiding the club higher. It’s a relatively modest target for the 47-year-old, and one which former boss Frank Lampard was surely targeting.
Tuchel took over last month with the Blues in 10th position and six points adrift of fourth place. The Ligue 1-wining coach has already improved their fortunes with a draw and a win in their first two games.
Chelsea now sit in seventh spot, but remain six points behind fourth place.
Tuchel admitted before Sunday’s 2-0 win over Burnley that he was initially unhappy at the 18-month deal. He was understood to be hoping for a longer deal having arrived via Paris Saint-Germain.
However, after talks with the Chelsea hierarchy he was assured that his success would be rewarded with a longer term deal.
“At first it was a concern, I was a little like, “Oh, why 18 months?” revealed Tuchel.
“But after only one minute I thought: ‘What does it change? What does it change if they give me four and a half years? They could sack me anyway.’
“If they are not happy with me, they will sack me anyway. And if they gave me four and a half years they would put in a clause that when they sack me, they’ll pay me.”
Lampard break clause
The paper also claim Tuchel was not immediately happy with taking over from Lampard mid-season. But he was informed the position might not be available in the summer and so made his decision to take over.
Ralf Rangnick and Julian Nagelsmann were both approached by Chelsea, but it’s understood Tuchel was always their “preferred candidate”.
The club’s move to performance-related contracts is aimed at helping the club minimise any future compensation payments.
Antonio Conte’s dismissal cost the club £26.6m, but Lampard’s axing will not cost the club a significant amount.
Despite the former Derby boss having a three-year deal, it did contain a break clause after two years.
Therefore, Chelsea will only have to continue paying the 42-year-old until the end of this season.